Chemistry - Catalysts and position of equilibrium
Catalysts and position of equilibrium
A catalyst in an equilibrium system reduces the activation energy of both
the forward and reverse reactions by the same amount. Consequently the
rates of both the forward and reverse reactions are increased but will be
equal at equilibrium.
The effect of a catalyst is to get a system to equilibrium faster but it
has no effect on the extent of the reaction or the position of equilibrium.
Adding a catalyst to a system already at equilibrium will have no effect
on the position of equilibrium.
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